Cloudmailin vs Mandrill

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Cloudmailin

6
14
+ 1
0
Mandrill

4.4K
1.6K
+ 1
925
Add tool

Cloudmailin vs Mandrill: What are the differences?

Developers describe Cloudmailin as "Incoming Email for your Web App". CloudMailin allows you to receive any volume of incoming email via a Webhook. You are given an email address that will forward any incoming message to your app, as an HTTP POST, within milliseconds. You can also seamlessly check the delivery status of each of your incoming emails via the dashboard, bounce emails that you do not wish to receive and use your own domain name. On the other hand, Mandrill is detailed as "Send transactional, triggered, and personalized email, then track results". Mandrill is a new way for apps to send transactional email. It runs on the delivery infrastructure that powers MailChimp.

Cloudmailin and Mandrill belong to "Transactional Email" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Cloudmailin are:

  • Easily receive email in Ruby on Rails, PHP, .Net, Java, Django or any language/framework we forgot. Since the email is delivered as an HTTP Post it's simple.
  • See the delivery status of the emails it has delivered to your app.
  • No more polling or waiting for new processes to spawn. Email can arrive in as little as a few milliseconds.

On the other hand, Mandrill provides the following key features:

  • Inbound Email- Set up inboxes for Mandrill to control. When they receive email, we’ll make an API call to your app with all the relevant information, so you don’t have to worry about what’s happening behind the scenes.
  • Webhooks Support- Create custom event notifications, keep track of new signups and unsubscribes in real-time, get a notice of every spam complaint so you can flag them in your database.
  • Rules Engine- Modify the content of email coming through Mandrill without having to involve developers. For example, you could tell Mandrill to take any email coming from confirmation@yourdomain.com, give it a new template, and add Google Analytics tracking.
Advice on Cloudmailin and Mandrill

For transactional emails, notifications, reminders, etc, I want to make it so writers/designers can set up the emails and maintain them, and then dynamically insert fields, that I then replace when actually sending the mail from code.

I think the ability to use a basic layout template across individual email templates would make things a lot easier (think header, footer, standard typography, etc).

What is best for this? Why would you prefer Mailgun, SendGrid, Mandrill or something else?

See more
Replies (4)
Justini Powell
Lead Developer at Watermark Community Church · | 4 upvotes · 46.3K views
Recommends
Twilio SendGridTwilio SendGrid

If you need your emails to be sent in a time-sensitive manner, I'd recommend SendGrid. We were using Mailgun and the lag because they aren't "transactional" in nature caused issues for us. SendGrid also has the ability to do dynamic templates and bulk send from their API. I don't know that they have the shared layout ability you mentioned, though.

See more
Mika Henriksson
Coder at mhenrixon Consulting · | 4 upvotes · 46.3K views
Recommends
PostmarkPostmark

The only transactional email service that I've been able to stomach is Postmark! It is by far the easiest (and quickest to get feedback from) service that I have come across. While drowning in attempts to debug Mandril, Mailgun and others I get quick feedback from Postmark in what I need to do.

Postmark for the win!

See more
Vit Ulicny
Recommends
MandrillMandrill

We are using more extensively Mandrill.

It is a ok tool, which gives you the power for emailing with nice set of features.

The templates editing and management is a bit tricky, but this is mostly related to email templates in general, which are hard to create and maintain.

I do not think you can share the parts of the templates. You can have your predefined templates with possibility to insert dynamic content.

They provide a limited possibility to preview and test your templates.

The template editor is text only. For the better editors checkout http://topol.io or https://mosaico.io

Unfortunately, I do not have experience with the other tools and possibilities to manage templates.

See more
Aric Fedida
Founder, CTO at ASK Technologies Inc · | 1 upvotes · 45.9K views
Recommends
Twilio SendGridTwilio SendGrid

At this stage, all of the tools you mentioned do email delivery pretty well. They all support email templates as well. Here are some considerations:

  1. Twilio owns SendGrid. If you're an existing Twilio customer, in my opinion that's a good reason to use SendGrid over the other solutions. The APIs are solid, and Twilio has excellent developer tools that allow you to create interesting automations (which is important for scaling).
  2. Mandrill was created by MailChimp, who have massive experience with email delivery and specifically with emailing beautiful email templates.
  3. Mailgun is a tool on its own. Like the other two, it supports mail templates and is built to be controlled almost exclusively via APIs.

SendGrid and Mandrill have pretty nice WYSIWIG template editors as part of their platform. Not so sure about Mailgun.

So for me the considerations would be: 1. How easy is it for you to integrate with their API? How complete is their API in terms of your own specific needs? 2. Prices: Which one works best for my budget? 3. Am I OK with editing the templates elsewhere (or even by hand), and then pasting the code into Mailgun? Or do I want the comfort of Mandrill or Sendgrid with their WYSIWYG editors?

Personally I'd go with Twilio, simply because it's such a massive ecosystem they are less likely to go bankrupt, and their APIs are rock solid.

See more
Decisions about Cloudmailin and Mandrill
Imelda Garcia

We did a quick test on the reliability of these three common email services, sending a few emails an hour at random intervals.

Unfortunately, none of them had 100% availability over the 30 day test. I don't understand why this is so hard?

Mailgun performed the best with the most reliability and fastest response times. Mandrill was notably bad.

See more
Get Advice from developers at your company using Private StackShare. Sign up for Private StackShare.
Learn More
Pros of Cloudmailin
Pros of Mandrill
    Be the first to leave a pro
    • 188
      Simple installation
    • 141
      Great api
    • 123
      Generous free allowance to get you started
    • 114
      Cheap and simple
    • 99
      Trackable
    • 59
      Well-documented
    • 54
      Doesn't go to spam
    • 47
      Great for mailchimp users
    • 32
      Webhooks
    • 28
      Client libraries
    • 7
      Heroku Add-on
    • 6
      Easy to use
    • 5
      Meaningful Metrics
    • 5
      Free
    • 3
      Advanced Tagging and Reports
    • 3
      Mobile Access
    • 3
      Status Update
    • 2
      Very chimp-like
    • 2
      Great Documentation
    • 2
      love this service
    • 1
      Free Plan
    • 1
      Webhooks for bounce mail

    Sign up to add or upvote prosMake informed product decisions

    Cons of Cloudmailin
    Cons of Mandrill
      Be the first to leave a con
      • 1
        Really hard to pull analytics out via api

      Sign up to add or upvote consMake informed product decisions

      What is Cloudmailin?

      CloudMailin allows you to receive any volume of incoming email via a Webhook. You are given an email address that will forward any incoming message to your app, as an HTTP POST, within milliseconds. You can also seamlessly check the delivery status of each of your incoming emails via the dashboard, bounce emails that you do not wish to receive and use your own domain name.

      What is Mandrill?

      Mandrill is a new way for apps to send transactional email. It runs on the delivery infrastructure that powers MailChimp.

      Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

      What companies use Cloudmailin?
      What companies use Mandrill?
      See which teams inside your own company are using Cloudmailin or Mandrill.
      Sign up for Private StackShareLearn More

      Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

      What tools integrate with Cloudmailin?
      What tools integrate with Mandrill?

      Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

      Blog Posts

      GitHubDockerAmazon EC2+23
      12
      6395
      GitHubPythonDocker+24
      13
      16807
      GitHubMySQLSlack+44
      109
      50275
      What are some alternatives to Cloudmailin and Mandrill?
      Mailgun
      Mailgun is a set of powerful APIs that allow you to send, receive, track and store email effortlessly.
      Twilio SendGrid
      Twilio SendGrid's cloud-based email infrastructure relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems. Twilio SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability & real-time analytics along with flexible API's.
      Amazon SES
      Amazon SES eliminates the complexity and expense of building an in-house email solution or licensing, installing, and operating a third-party email service. The service integrates with other AWS services, making it easy to send emails from applications being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2.
      Postmark
      Postmark removes the headaches of delivering and parsing email for webapps with minimal setup time and zero maintenance.
      Mailjet
      Mailjet is a real-time Cloud Emailing platform: scalable, agile and flexible. Our unique algorithm boosts your deliverability and our platform provides in-depth insight so you can optimize more than ever.
      See all alternatives